Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 25 June 2015




All newspaper references refer to Scottish editions. Where there is a link to a newspaper’s website, the relevant page reference is highlighted and underlined.  In addition to the newspaper stories outlined below, further news coverage can be found online at BBC News Scotland, STV news and Sky News.



English Labour: An English Labour Party is expected to be launched within the next month according to Jon Cruddas, a former adviser to Ed Miliband. (The Scotsman page 5, The Herald page 2)


Monarchy: The First Minister has denied claims that the Scottish Government intends to cut the amount Scotland contributes to the Royal Family. Buckingham Palace has also commented that it did not intend to criticise Scotland or the First Minister.(Scotsman page 6, Times page 1, The National page 2, The Herald page 1, Daily Record page 2, Daily Mail page 6)


Labour leadership: Scottish Labour leadership contenders Ken Macintosh and Kezia Dugdale clashed in a hustings in Glasgow yesterday over the importance the city held to rebuilding the party in Scotland. (The National page 5, The Scotsman page 11, Tom Peterkin in the Scotsman)


Kezia Dugdale: The Scottish Labour leadership challenger has warned the ageing party will die unless it attracts new younger members. (The Herald page 6)


Scotland Bill: MSPs are reportedly not being given long enough time to scrutinise the Scotland bill.  John Swinney and David Mundell  will appear before committee today. (The National page 3, The Press and Journal page 12)


Increased powers: David Cameron has labelled one of the SNP’s flagship policies a “Full Fiscal Shambles” as he accused the SNP of being obsessed with processes not policies. (The Herald page 6)


Cybernats: Nicola Sturgeon has vowed to rid the SNP from online abuse and has told of her aims to clear up Scottish politics as a whole. (Daily Mail page 1)



Scottish OBR: The UK Government is reportedly seriously considering a proposal to set up an Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) in Scotland. (Scotsman page 16)



Crime spree: Chief Constable Sir Stephen House has warned that young offenders awaiting punishment for housebreaking are carrying out final “fill your boots” offences before being locked up due to a lack of places for young offenders. (Scotsman page 1, Times page 4, The Daily Telegraph page 2, The Sun page 13, The Press and Journal page 18)


Police buildings:  Police Scotland is considering every building it owns as part of a review looking at closures and reorganisation in an effort to make savings. (Scotsman page 4)


Data Breach: One of the officers at the centre of the recent death of a man in custody is due to appear in court in August to face three allegations under the Data Protection Act. (The Herald page 1)


Jail terms: The Scottish Government has announced that it will look into a plan that will get rid of jail times that are less than a year. (The Herald page 6)



Ferry strikes: CalMac industrial action has entered the second day as island communities are facing a significant loss as a result of the strikes. (The Herald page 8, Daily Record page 10, Daily Express page 4)



Targets: Dr Peter Bennie, chair of the BMA’s Scottish Council, has urged politicians to re-think targets and not make “unrealistic” promises. (Scotsman page 1,  The Herald page 4)



Freedom of Information: Aileen McKechnie, the Scottish Government’s director of advanced learning, has said the government will look at extending Freedom of Information laws to the arm’s length foundations that govern control of nearly £100m of spending in further education. (Scotsman page 18)


Local Government

Wind power: David Cameron remains unrepentant over scrapping of subsidies for wind power with the Scottish Government and the Westminster Government clashing on this topic. (The National page 4)


Free Childcare: Every youngster up to the age of 12 should be entitled to up to 50 hours a week of free or subsidised childcare according to an ambitious new report from the Commission for Childcare. (The Herald page 3)


Private Finance Initiatives: New figures have shown that Scottish councils are paying up to £500 million a year to pay for private contracts that were made in the past decade, this has furthered calls for the Scottish Government to either buy out these contracts or renegotiate them. (The Herald page 4)